New Orleans, LA - It had been 18 days since the Geneva College women′s basketball team played a game. The lay-off was to serve as a break for the Golden Tornadoes to recharge their batteries after dropping seven straight before the Christmas holiday. For the first half, the plan was working to perfection as the Golden Tornadoes took a lead over SUNY-Plattsburgh late in the first half but a second half cold spell proved to be the difference in a 75-56 loss that dropped the Golden Tornadoes to 1-8 on the season.
Playing in the first round of the Big Easy Challenge in New Orleans, LA, the Golden Tornadoes led by as many as 11 points in the first half but watched Plattsburgh rally to get within just one point by the halftime buzzer at 35-34. The Golden Tornadoes managed just five points in the first ten minutes of the second half and found themselves down 55-40 midway through the second stanza. Geneva shot just 20% in making only six field goals in the second half cold spell.
Seniors Beth DeLuca and Rachel Rouan provided much of Geneva′s offense with DeLuca scoring 20 points and Rouan adding 14 in the loss as the only two players on Geneva′s team to reach double figures. Rouan also added nine rebounds in the losing effort.
Geneva will close out its work in the Big Easy Challenge on Friday when it plays SUNY-Institute of Technology at 10 am. The Golden Tornadoes return north to play at Malone on January 2nd before heading back into PAC action with a home game against Chatham University at 7 pm on January 4th.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).